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Employment Opportunities

Assistant Attorney General

Labor & State Affairs Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office (Position 19-LSA-02; Position closes 1/18/19)

The Civil Division of the Department of Law is the State of Alaska’s chief legal office in civil matters. The Civil Division has thirteen sections in offices throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska. The Department is looking for multiple talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorneys to become members of our dynamic legal team. If you want to be a part of a collegial, collaborative and professionally inspiring workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for these positions on the closing dates listed in each job opening. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. Applicants who have questions about the position should contact the section supervisor identified below. For more information about the Department of Law, please visit our website at

Job description

The Labor and State Affairs section is recruiting for a full-time attorney in the Anchorage office to provide legal services to and represent the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Administration. The attorney selected for this position will represent and advise the Division of Motor Vehicles, including independently handling motor vehicle and driver license appeals at the administrative and appellate levels and providing regular agency advice. The attorney will also represent the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, primarily the Division of Employment Training Security, which provides unemployment benefits to Alaskans. In that capacity, the attorney will represent the Division in benefit appeals, tax appeals, and collection matters, and provide agency advice on a range of unemployment issues. The attorney will advise the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and represent DVR before the Office of Administrative Hearings. The attorney in this position must be independent and capable of balancing competing client demands and a variety of work—including handling administrative litigation, superior court appellate work, daily agency advice, and legislative responsibilities for client agencies. The attorney will be asked to assist with public records requests and to staff other cases or projects including, for example, representing the State in litigation, working on occupational health and safety cases, and advising on public board governance, contract, or constitutional law issues. The position offers an interesting and varied mix of providing advice to agencies, representing agencies in administrative and court proceedings, drafting regulations, reviewing and monitoring legislation, and testifying before legislative committees.


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a minimum of three full years of post-graduation experience practicing law as a licensed attorney. One of the three years of experience may be satisfied by having served as a clerk for a trial or appellate judge. A background in and familiarity with administrative or superior court litigation or public sector legal work is strongly preferred.  Applicants must possess excellent judgment, be able to work independently and manage competing deadlines while remaining calm under pressure, and should excel at developing and maintaining strong client relationships. Applicants need to enjoy being part of a team environment, and should be comfortable with and interested in handling all phases of administrative litigation, including discovery, motion practice, and appeals.  The successful applicant must possess strong writing skills and should be able and willing to help draft, edit, and comfortably testify on legislation throughout the legislative session.


Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Janell Hafner at (907) 465-3600 or by e-mail at

Application Instructions

Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. The State provides a comprehensive state benefits package to regular, full-time, partially-exempt (PX) positions. State attorneys are in the partially-exempt service and serve at will, at the pleasure of the Attorney General.

Candidates who are interested in applying for these positions must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Candidates also must submit a comprehensive professional writing sample. A cover letter should specify the position(s) for which the applicant is applying by using the job number(s) indicated on the recruitment announcement. Applications can be either emailed to (with the subject line titled “application for current attorney recruitment”) or mailed or hand-delivered to:

Office of the Attorney General
1031 W 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the American with Disabilities Act. Applicants who need accommodation to apply may call Melanie Ferguson at the department’s Anchorage office (907) 269-5102 or Relay Alaska at 1-800-770-8973.